Former CFL defensive back Mitchell White takes coaching job with Utah State

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Former CFL defensive back Mitchell White has been hired as the new secondary coach at Utah State University.

The 32-year-old played five seasons north of the border as a member of the Montreal Alouettes, Ottawa Redblacks, and Toronto Argonauts. He recorded 121 defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, and seven interceptions over 54 career games, was named an East Division all-star in 2016, and won back-to-back Grey Cups with Ottawa (2016) and Toronto (2017).

The five-foot-eleven, 190-pound cover man suffered a career-ending injury to his spinal cord as a member of the Alouettes in 2018, which caused him to momentarily lose feeling in his extremities.

The native of Livonia, Mich. entered coaching the following year and has had stints at the University of Findlay, the University of Mary, Notre Dame College, and Stephen F. Austin University, where he served as the cornerbacks coach this past season.

White played at Michigan State and signed with the Oakland Raiders after going unselected in the 2013 NFL Draft. He also attended training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017, though he was released upon its conclusion.